Let us not forget: La Courneuve is the place where the current French President sparked a kind of "French Intifada" with his famous demand to clean up all these suburbs with a "Kraecher". It is a tale, a living metaphor, that these places stay for "Black violence" and / or "Islamic extremism" in France… It is simply not the reality!
The reality I found: La Courneuve now features many large "HLM's" (low-income housing projects). The streets are relatively wide and empty, with little street-level commerce, aside from government services and large supermarkets. I did not see visible signs of an Islamic presence and I passed only one synagogue but not a single mosque. The police, I've have been asking for a direction, warned me "do not show your camera too visible for others", but on the contrary the suburb did not feel dangerous at all; - instead it seemed more bleak and deserted than anything else…
French law prohibits ethnic statistics, so several studies, such as INSEE census or surveys must be used for an estimate. The inhabitants of the overseas territories are 2.5 million people, Sub-Saharan Africa about one million. An other study by Cran-TNS Sofres in 2007 estimates the Afro-French population inside France to about 1.9 million people. This is a figure lower than in reality, because it does take the third generation descendants of migrants into account, so the overall number lays closer at 2.5 to 3 million.
With the destruction of public housing, precisely: buildings that had been being built for the purpose to avoid social hardship and on top of it, paid for from public funds, it is totally anachronistic to justify this actions with security concerns, because at the same time the moaning about a lack of affordable housing does not stop on contararry, rents exceeds easily 30 € per square meter.